The Returned (US): Season 1 (2015)

Season 1
The Returned (US)

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Though overshadowed by its superior source material, the US version of The Returned retains enough of the creep factor and character drama to appease fans of the genre.



Critic Ratings: 33


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User Ratings: 187

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Air date: Mar 9, 2015

A small town is turned upside down in the opener of this series, in which people who were thought to be dead suddenly reappear.

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Air date: Mar 16, 2015

Simon pursues Rowan; Tommy investigates a brutal attack.

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Air date: Mar 23, 2015

Camille adopts a new identity; and Adele finally admits that Simon is who he says he is.

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Air date: Mar 30, 2015

Lana is rushed to the hospital because of her scar, accusing Camile of hurting her. Rowan grows closer to Simon and discovers Tommy has an obsessive secret. Julie learns Victor may be involved in a horrific death.

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Air date: Apr 6, 2015

Victor's disappearance from the community center brings Julie and Nikki together to look for him. Tony makes a confession that has a profound impact on Adam and Helen suspects the town may be evil.

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Air date: Apr 13, 2015

Lucy recovers from the stabbing, but perhaps irrevocably changed by the experience; Claire and Jack scramble to find Lena as she receives help from Adam; and Peter makes a frightening confession to Victor.

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Air date: Apr 20, 2015

Camille opens up to the parents of the support group and tries to help them; Victor comes between Julie and Nikki; Rowan lashes out at Simon and makes a surprising choice.

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Air date: Apr 27, 2015

Claire's secret is revealed; Lena returns home; police arrest the suspected killer who makes a full confession; Victor goes to extreme lengths to protect Julie; Camille learns the horrifying consequences of her attempt to help.

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Air date: May 4, 2015

Someone unexpectedly shows up and puts Chloe in danger; Peter makes a startling announcement; and Helen sets her deadly plan for the town in motion.

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Air date: May 11, 2015

Rowan and Tommy's celebration is overshadowed by a mysterious premonition; Julie makes Victor face his tragic past; Camille realizes she will never be normal; and Helen's plan meets a mysterious end.

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This American adaptation of the French program "Les Revenants" centers on a small town that is shocked to find deceased citizens coming back to life with no recollection of their deaths. The phenomena starts with the Winship family, who find that their daughter Camille (India Ennenga), previously killed four years earlier in a bus accident, returns home unharmed and believes it is the same day as her accident. Elsewhere, Simon Moran (Mat Vairo) returns from his death and searches for his fiancé Rowan (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), while Helen Goddard (Michelle Forbes) finds herself back in her husband's apartment 30 years after her death. The season follows the characters and their families as they cope with the mysterious occurrences. However such incidents also bring convicted killers back to life, putting the residents in grave danger.

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Critic Reviews for The Returned (US) Season 1

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (22)

Naturally, there's a big twist that sends these happy endings spinning out of control.

Oct 18, 2017 | Full Review…

This version has a brisker pace than the fine French original, though it wouldn't be called action-packed. With its ominous and dark undertone, call it cerebral sci-fi.

Oct 18, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It needs either to be more eerie and otherworldly or to address the social and psychological consequences of its premise squarely. As is, it isn't sufficiently dead or alive.

Mar 6, 2015 | Full Review…

The American version of The Returned is well on its way to being every bit as good as the French original. It may even improve on certain aspects of the show, we'll have to wait and see.

Mar 9, 2015 | Full Review…

It's not quite as atmospheric or accomplished as the original, but it's way closer than I expected it to be, anchored by strong performances throughout and an understanding of what worked about the original.

Mar 9, 2015 | Full Review…

Carlton Cuse and Raelle Tucker's series is cold and banal because it tries too hard to duplicate the original without capturing the essence of what made the story so compelling.

Mar 9, 2015 | Full Review…

While there's at least a language barrier reason for remaking the French version of The Returned ... that's still not enough creative justification for this identical, second version of the same show to exist.

Oct 18, 2017 | Full Review…

The first episode is slow-paced and deliberate, with a dream-like tone ... Things pick up a bit in the second episode

Oct 18, 2017 | Full Review…

Cuse and Tucker do a good job of translating the deeply unsettling miracle at the heart of this show.

Mar 12, 2015 | Full Review…

There is a strain of macabre humor, which both lightens the moment and adds an edge.

Mar 10, 2015 | Full Review…

I loved watching the people of the town react to seeing their loved ones return from the dead.

Mar 10, 2015 | Rating: 4.9/5 | Full Review…

The Returned is a strong English remake of the acclaimed French series Les Revenants.

Mar 9, 2015 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Returned (US): Season 1

  • Dec 13, 2017
    Today there are more networks and streaming services offering original programming than ever before. It is an amazing time for TV lovers and it seems that anyone can get pretty much anything on the air. With all these new shows debuting all over the place, this does unfortunately leave the networks at somewhat of a disadvantage when it comes to original ideas. Out of desperation, many networks have turned to re-booting old shows, bringing back cancelled ideas that didin't work, and even Americanizing overseas television shows, The Returned is an example of the later. I understand why A&E chose to take a show from overseas, Americanize it, and market it as their next big hit, but why the Returned? This idea has been done to death, both in movies and on TV, and while the show is critically acclaimed, the ratings for the overseas version were terrible, the show was cancelled after it's second season. If no one is watching it over there, why did they think anyone would watch it over here? The returned takes place in a small Northwestern town, where one day, out of the blue, people who have been dead, some for decades, start showing up back at home with no memory of being gone at all. Each episode is broken up into sections that follow specific individuals and their interactions with their loved ones and society. There is also of course the police and investigative angle to the whole thing, and an unsolved crime thrown into the mix, in order to try and keep viewers coming back each week. Funny thing is, I wasn't all that crazy about this episode of the Twilight Zone. It was a little better when The X-Files did it. The 4400 added beings from the future and turned it into a series that quickly ran out of storyline and fizzled out, and now we have The Returned. This isn't an original idea, far from it, and the fact that it takes place in the same location as the 4400 is completely laughable. The cast has a few standouts that made the show a bit less tiresome, Mark Pellegrino is always fun to watch, as you never can figure out if he's a good guy or a bad one. We're also introduced to a new young actor in the form of Dylan Kingwell. He doesn't say much, but his character is honestly one of the most fascinating mysteries of the whole show. The bottom line is that this show is a complete rip off of other ideas and there is really very little here to keep the viewers interested. The boys story turned out to be really cool, The murder investigation was interesting but under utilized, and there were a few cast members I enjoyed. Otherwise the writing was terrible and parts of this show were just painfully slow. There are some terrific overseas shows that no one has even mentioned bringing over here, why they chose this one, I'll never know.
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  • Oct 05, 2017
    Very inteiguing at first and looks promising but the ending... didnt give justice.
  • Oct 04, 2017
    You know what I'm sick of is tv shows getting started me getting interested and investing my time just for it to be cancelled....underground cancelled ....the get down cancelled ressurection cancelled...believe DAMN IF U GONNA START SOME SHIT THEN FINISH IT!!!!!!! PLEASE...STOP PLULLING THE RUG..YOU AINT NO MAGIC CARPET!!! Shoot I pay good money for my Netflix is and cable DAMMIT!!!??????????????????????????????????????????????????????
  • Apr 02, 2017
    The feel of this version isn't even close to the original dark, eerie version from France. This version tried to copy everything , right down to the clothes, but just couldn't recreate the mystery. The actors are all very pretty in this version unlike the very normal everyday looking actors in the French version. Let's also not forget the political correctness. The American version makes sure we see an equal amount of minorities, foreign accents and lets not forget the interracial couple. Not normally an issue but it seems so forced it becomes obvious what was done in casting that it distracts the viewer. It is well done which earns the 2.5 stars in my book, but if you want a creepy, dark and thought provoking, watch the original.
  • Apr 05, 2016
    It's good when you first start, well shot, but there is too much going on and it cannot sustain itself.
  • Mar 31, 2016
    I was pleasantly surprised by how well the US version held up to the original French version. Also somewhat surprised by some of the venom being directed at it by the usual suspects.
  • Mar 12, 2016
    This is a supernatural drama, where dead people start coming back to life never having aged a day. It is intriguing because no one behaves normally. For example, most people seeing a dead family member after many years would suspect they are hallucinating, or need some convincing. Unfortunately, what seemed intriguing and gripping at first never showed up with explanations to satiate the appetite. Maybe the answers are on slow boil, coming in Season 2, which is cancelled. So this feels like Lost or Twin Peaks, where there never really are any answers. You may feel you wasted your time watching it. This is a remake of French TV show Les Revenants, also here on Rotten Tomatoes as "the returned." From some reading on the series, it seems apparent that inexplicable occurrences and behavior are part of the French style. In the end, it felt like all filling and no twinkie.
  • Nov 14, 2015
    The original French series has easily readable subtitles, and is much better, the atmosphere is of strangeness, uncanny moods, and a conflict between miracles vs menace.
  • Jun 23, 2015
    Awful like a soap opera, lethargic unbelievable plot patched together
  • Jun 11, 2015
    like it to watching ... with JeHe :D

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